Competition Report

Bucks County Track and Field Champs 2023

It was a  successful weekend for the club at this years Bucks County Champs, with plenty of medals and PBs across the squads. As the club continues to grow we look forward to seeing more success at future champs.

Leanne’s Sprints Squad

Superb performances from Leanne’s sprints and 400m squad at the Buckinghamshire County Championships at Horspath, Oxford at the weekend.

Double gold for Cristina Poulsen in U20’s 100/200 with 2 more personal bests edging ever closer to the automatic English schools qualifying mark in the 200m. Double gold for Rai Lenoire in the U20’s 400/800m with comfortable wins as part of his early race preparation for the outdoor season.

Gold for Aoife Mcauley in the U17’s 200m. Along with 3 silver medals in the LJ, 300m and Shot – 4 events and 4 new personal bests achieved for the multi events athlete showing the work being combined with coaches Ed Morris and Alex Wells is showing great promise.

Gold for Amy Hogbin in the U20’s 400m who works on her speed in Leanne’s squad from Mike Taylor’s junior endurance group.

2 hard fought Bronze medals for Lailah Pope, in her first year as an U17 in the 100m and 200m, the latter a race where all 4 ladies ran new personal bests, in a super close race for the line with a fantastic 1-2-3 for Wycombe Phoenix athletes.

In the Senior mens 200m James Twallin just held off fellow squad member Jean Louis Plaatjies to hold on for bronze in a close fought race.

8 x new personal bests and 1 seasons best

6 County Championship titles won

3 silver medals

3 bronze medals

This rounded off a fabulous weekend for Leanne’s contingent.

Nigel’s Sprint Squad

It was a great weekend at Oxford for the sprint group. We had 11 athletes competing and between them they won 13 medals and set numerous pbs. This was the best turnout we have had for many years with over half of the group competing and the medal count was the most since I started coaching.

Highlights of the weekend included Caleb Hambrook winning the U17 boys 100m and 200m, the latter in a pb and Harrison Sears made it a one two in the 100m finishing second in a new electronic pb. Both only joined the club last winter and are showing lots of potential and are both bottom of the age group so will be competing in the same events next year.

Other multiple medal winner were Lisa Fitzpatrick with a hat-trick gold, silver and bronze in the senior women’s 400mh, 200m and 100m respectively. Olivia Edwards had a great weekend winning silver in both the u17 girls 100m and 200m, the latter in a big, new pb and the former would also have been a pb except for a slightly too high following wind of 2.2ms.Like our u17 boys Olivia still has another year in this age group.  Imogen Tunnell was also a multiple medal winner in the u15 girls 200m and 300m, both in new pbs.

Benjamin Sharpe and Devonte Johnson both won bronze medals in the senior mens and junior mens 100m, both in new pbs. This was just reward for both for many years of hard training and shows the merit of sticking to it through hard times and injury. Sara Moszczynska, also in her first year in the u15 girls age group won bronze in the 100m and came 4th in the 200m. She was ably backed up by Eva Carsberg in the final (also 5th in the 200m final)and Gabby Pope (also 5th in the long jump) who has another year in the age group as does Dara Olowoloba who ran well in the u15 boys 100m.

Finally I’m pretty sure one of our athletes set a ‘first’ for the Bucks county champs (and maybe any county champs) in that not only did she win 3 medals but on the Saturday she spent a lot more time playing in the rugby 7s tournament on the adjacent field than she did running the 100m!!

Junior Endurance

Saturday 1500s
Our first medal winner of the weekend was Finn Hayward who won Silver in the U13 boys 1500. Finn took it on early and led for most of the race, just getting pipped on the line by a late charge from the athlete from Milton Keyes.

The U15 boys race was a high quality race with a total of 14 runners. Ed Faulkner was our first finisher in 7th, followed by Joel Crook who came away with a PB finishing in 4:46, he was followed by Rory Crichton and Louis Filer who also PBd. Well done boys!

In the U17 women’s race, Ivy Uhart ran a strong race, finishing 5th and was rewarded with a 4 second PB, Emma Readman was our second finisher with a season’s best time and just off her PB. In the U20W race, Liv Brown led from gun to tape to take Gold. This meant Liv has managed the treble – the third year in a row she’s won the 1500m at the County Champs, well done Liv!

Sunday 800s
On Sunday the weather was much brighter and warmer for the 800s.

The U15Bs race was run as a straight final. Joel Crook and Leo Bray both started strongly. Joel held on to a fast pace and finished 3rd, coming away with another PB and a medal! Leo also ran well finishing 8th in his first Champs. Plenty more to come from him.

Emma Readman was our only U17W, she ran a very quick first lap in a very fast race and held on in the second lap to finish just a few seconds off her PB. In the U13G race Zara Tate finished 4th, just outside the medals but came away with a PB for her efforts.

We had a great turnout in the U13B race, with 4 boys racing. Finn Hayward finished off a great weekend with another silver medal and a PB! Well done Finn. Scott Warner was our next boy in, he finished with a strong second lap and not far behind were Joshua Readman and Alex Cottrell.

And in the final race of the day the U20M, Rai Lenoire clinched gold in a very tight race.


Throws and Combined Events

In throws and combined events we had a good weekend. In the hammer we had wins for Ryan Wells in the u20, Melody Ball in the u17 and Genevieve Cole in the u15, also second place for Amy Woolland in the U15 and third for Leo Selcon-park in the u20. In the shot we had wins for Ryan Wells in the u20 and Michael O’Connor in the u15 and a third for Leo Selcon-park. In the discus we had a win for Ryan Wells in u20 , second for Michael O’Connor in the u15 and third for Andrew Partridge in the u20 . Javelin we had a win for Amy Woolland in the u15, second place for Melody Ball u17 and third for Genevieve Cole u15.There were also wins for Ryan in the 100m, 110m hurdles and the long jump. In total Ryan came away with 6 golds in U20 age group an incredible achievement.

Foundation and Jumps

Samuel Readman won the U13 200m. He followed up this performance with a silver medal in the High Jump.

Scott Warner won bronze in the 200m. He also won a Silver medal in the U13 shot put, and finished 7th in the 800m.

Raphy Willams made it a double in shot, winning silver in the U13 girls event.

Anissa Ekeh jumped a PB of 1m 49cm to win the U15 Girls High Jump. This is her first year in the U15 age group and puts her currently in the top 40 U15’s in the UK ranking. She also came 6th in U15 200m final.

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